The 8th Parliament of the Republic of Ghana has approved the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy after its rejection on Friday.
The budget was approved by the Majority Caucus in Parliament in the absence of Minority caucus on Tuesday, 30th November, 2021 presided over by a sit-in speaker (1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament) Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu.
The majority moved a motion for rescission for the approval of the Budget and Economic Policy after the Minority boycotted processings in the House.
“The House has adopted the Financial statement and approved the budget statement for the ensuing year ending 31st December 2021. This house has approved the budget and economic statement,” The 1st Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu said.
On Friday, the same Parliament of Ghana rejected the 2022 Budget Statement following a confusion leading to a walkout of the Majority in Parliament under the watch of Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament.
It appears that, the turn of events in Parliament between the Majority group and Minority group is vise versa as New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament (Majority group) equalize the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (Minority group) over Friday’s event.
It is unclear as to whether the Minority caucus of 137 MPs do not have the locus to reject that budget, then how can the Majority of 137 MPs approved the 2022 Budget?
But, the leader of Majority group of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu reiterated that, the 2022 Budget was not rejected in Parliament, stating that, what the Minority did on Friday by rejecting the budget was unconstitutional.
The Majority Leader in Parliament, had asked him to set aside the purported rejection of the 2022 budget statement.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said on the floor of the House that the rejection of the budget “did not meet the test established under Article 104,” because Parliament did not have the required numbers to be present in the chamber for purposes of taking decisions.